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The "Good Calculators" project is a group of high functioning online calculators which have been carefully programmed to... see more

Applet allows user to make basic changes in kinematic motin and see the resulting plots for velocity versus time and... see more

The Graphical representation of complex eigenvectors simulation aims to help students make connections between graphical... see more

The Graphical representation of eigenvectors simulation aims to help students make connections between graphical and... see more

This applet demonstrates the resulting wave from the combination of the fundamental frequency and a combination of all or... see more

This set of questions on basic concepts of the first law of thermodynamics uses Physlet animations to

Demonstrates properties of heat flow in a 2-dimensional domain.

This applet will help you solve gas dynamical problems involving isentropic flows, flows with normal shock, oblique shock... see more

Descriptions and photos of historical physics teaching apparatus.

The operation of metal detectors is based upon the principle of electromagnetic induction. Metal detectors contain one or... see more

In this quick activity, learners explore how blubber protects animals from the cold by making a "blubber mitt." Using... see more

Discussion of how a particle accelerator works, different types of particle accelerators, basic parts of particle... see more

This site explains the concept of the atom, and the history of its discovery from ancient times to the 20th century. The... see more

Explanation of how fluorescent and incandescent black lights work, and practical applications of black lights. Includes... see more

How a magnetic compass works. Includes discussion of magnetism, the earth?s magnetic field, how to make a compass, and... see more

The parts of a fluorescent lamp, and how it produces visible light. Old vs. new fluorescent lamp designs. Includes... see more

How atoms work in terms of lasers. Types of lasers, laser classifications, and how lasers work. The difference between... see more

The basics of light, structure of an incandescent bulb, and how incandescent bulbs produce visible light. Includes... see more

Fiber optics is being touted in many different ways these days. Telephone systems are moving from copper wires to optical... see more

Explains what semiconductors are, how doping works, and how to make a diode using semiconductors. Also discusses silicon... see more

Interactive site that’s used to identify body parts (not just skeletal but also digestive, muscular and other systems)... see more

Exploring how images are created on the retina of a human eye, this tutorial allows the student to adjust the distance of... see more

Visual display of various wavefunctions (probability densities) for given eigenstates of the Hydrogen atom. Results are... see more

A hyperlinked exploration of astronomy and astrophysics, inlcuding the solar system, stellar evolution, compact objects,... see more